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Former high school security guard charged, accused of downloading child pornography

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(01/24/14) - A man who worked as a high school security guard, accused of accessing and downloading child pornography on a school computer, has been charged and was in court for the first time Friday.

Jedediah Smith, 36, faces 20 felonies - that's five counts of child sexually abusive activity, five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and 10 counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Smith, who was employed by a local security company, worked at Grand Blanc High School.

The allegation is he used a school computer to access it and download it on a thumb drive.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says he was savvy enough to get around the firewalls.

The investigation started after the thumb drive, with graphic child and adult images, was found.

The district, in a statement posted on its website, said it happened over the long winter break when classes weren't in session and access wasn't monitored.

A Grand Blanc police detective traced it to Smith using computer forensics.

Smith and his attorney, Andrew Kowalkowski, told 67th District Court Judge David Goggins his church advisers referred him to a doctor and he intends on attending counseling.

Goggins set bond at $7,500 per charge - that's $150,000 total. He also can't have contact with anyone under the age of 18 or be on school property.

Kowalkowski declined comment after the hearing.

Smith's brother, Jeremiah Smith, was in court with him Friday morning. 

After the hearing he said, "Jed's a good guy," adding he's not a pervert and not a danger to society.

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